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Friday, March 30, 2007

Blacks, Islam and slavery in Africa

The weak and most vulnerable have always been preyed on. The so called slavery in the Sudan and Mauritania is perpetrated by Africans. Some Africans do speak Arabic. There is slavery and oppression in the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya or Namibia where there is no Islam, how can Mr Barnet refute this phenomenon? These are not Arabs in the Sudan. In my opinion they are all Blacks, except that some speak Arabic. Calling the Sudanese Arab is like calling the Dominicanos Spanish. They are called Arabs only because they identify with similar language. It's Black vs Black or let's say African vs African. The history of slavery practiced by Africans is well documented. "The Asanti (the capital, Kumasi, in modern Ghana) had a long tradition of domestic slavery." Commenting on Songhay, the young Moroccan traveller and commentator, Leo Africanus, wrote, " there is a certain place where slaves are sold, especially on those days when the merchants are assembled. And a young slave of fifteen years of age is sold for six ducats, and children are also sold. The king of this region has a certain private palace where he maintains a great number of concubines and slaves."

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